Society

Gatumba: Ninth-grade students to do national exam despite enormous challenges

06-02-2020 Students from the ninth grade in Basic School of Gatumba area, recently flooded by Rusizi River, in Bujumbura province are preparing to sit for the national exam scheduled from 9 to 11 June. Solange Nelly Niyonkuru, a student at “Mushasha I” Basic School in Gatumba locality says she lost (...)

Menstrual period, ordeal for Kigaramango internally displaced women

05-29-2020 On the occasion of the Menstrual Hygiene Day, women and girls living in the Kigaramango IDP site say they go through an ordeal during the menstrual period. They cannot afford sanitary napkins. They use pieces of torn clothes that often cause the infections of the female reproductive system. “Since (...)

World AIDS Orphans’ Day: Burundian AIDS orphans face enormous problems

05-08-2020 Lack of medicines and means, discrimination, stigma …are some challenges faced by Burundian AIDS orphans. Chantal Mbonankira, 28, is an AIDS orphan since her third year of birth. She says she faces several challenges since she knew she is living with AIDS ten years after her parent had died. (...)

COVID-19: USA to give $ one million to protect vulnerable Burundians

05-07-2020 In a telephone press briefing on COVID-19 in Africa and the USA response this May 6, Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Assistant Secretary in charge of African Affairs’ Bureau has said the USA expects to give more than $ 1 million in migration and refugee humanitarian assistance which will help (...)

Burundi confirms new COVID-19 case

04-24-2020 The Ministry of Health has confirmed a new coronavirus case which raises the number of infection to 12. In a statement released on 24 April, Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Health said the new COVID-19 patient is a trainee nurse working at Prince Louis Rwagasore Hospital that houses COVID-19 patients. (...)

Burundi-COVID-19: Five new people tested positive while four patients discharged from hospital

04-22-2020 “The test carried out on 198 people who have been in contact with 6 patients tested positive for COVID-19 and another suspected case revealed five new cases of COVID-19,” announced Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Health at a press conference held on 21 April. He added that 4 out of (...)

Passengers to wash hands before climbing on motorcycles, AMOTABU requires

04-15-2020 “All motorcyclists working as taxi drivers must now carry a can filled with water and soap to allow customers to wash their hands before getting on the motorcycle,” ordered Arthémon Ndayegamiye, legal representative of the Association of Motorcycle Taxi Drivers of Burundi at a press conference held on 14 (...)

COVID-19: “No visit to old people”

04-14-2020 Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Burundi, the Auspices Center “Saint Elisabeth” has imposed measures to protect old people hosted by the center. Nun Colette Murimbane, Managing Director of the center, says there are no visits or internships within the center. “We fear that they should be affected as (...)

Gikungu residents face drinking water shortage amid COVID-19 outbreak

04-14-2020 Residents of Gihungu neighborhood of Gihosha area in the north of the economic capital Bujumbura say they have not got drinking water since the past few weeks. They fear catching Coronavirus. “We haven’t had access to clean water for more than a month. One of the two taps installed (...)

Commission of Inquiry calls on Burundian authorities to effectively fight against COVID-19

04-11-2020 “Concerned by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on the Burundian population as the first three official cases of infection were confirmed last week, the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi openly invited the Government to fight the pandemic transparently and in compliance with international standards,” (...)